Marathon is Marie Kondo's word, which I didn't notice the first time I read her book!
If you are interested in Marie Kondo do read this article from New York magazine. I think it really sums up her charm and what makes her and her ideas so appealing to so many of us.
'...she urges a kind of animistic tenderness towards everyday belongings.'
I have just got the book They Left Us Everything by Plum Johnson back from a friend and am enjoying it just as much second time around. Read in conjunction with Kondo - it is like looking at both ends of the spectrum of clutter - I am struck by the truth of Marie Kondo's statements that by sorting your stuff you are processing your past, and resetting your life, although in the case of the author, it was her parents' things she was sorting.
They Left Us Everything is a very moving and honest memoir which made me both laugh and cry. Unfortunately here in UK it costs upwards of £22! It was published by Penguin in Canada in 2014. I was lucky enough to be sent a copy - thank you Julia!
I have got rid of almost all the Not Joy items and the guest room, which had become a kind of clearing depot, now looks like a bedroom once more.
Hurrah! I can have guests again.